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Simplify taxes next year by organizing your finances now!

In the past, when tax time came around every year, I promised myself I would make it easier next year by keeping better records.  Fast forward to the next year, and guess what?  All those good intentions went someplace…..I don’t know where.   What I realized much  later was the fact that I lacked a systematic way to track my expenses.   I found some useful tools that have helped me organize my finances and manage my spending.  This has saved me a great deal of time in the day-to-day money management, which translates into less time spent gathering information for tax filing.   But the extra benefit has been finding some deductible expenses that I otherwise would have forgotten, and that has reduced my taxes!  The lesson is to start now, while the tax return experience is fresh in your mind.  Send us an e-mail for some useful tips, and be sure to come to our next “Live at the Library” on May 23rd, where we’ll have lots to share about organizing your finances, time and more!

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Unauthorized Charges – Look Out!

Have you checked your bank account lately for unauthorized charges?   I did and found an unauthorized charge (they are called ACH charges) – automatic clearing house – Again, check your bank statement.  The policy is if you don’t contest it within 2 business days, you’re out….  Most people check their bank statements when they receive them or if online, at the end of the month.  What do you think of this?  Let’s hear from you!  Tell us your nightmares with banks or charge companies.

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Help the Environment, Help Yourself

Have you thought about donating a piece of land to conservation?  It’s an easy way to help our planet while also benefiting you financially.  Just a thought.

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Manage Your Pain!

You’ve heard of managing your money and managing your time and managing your closet – how about organizing your pain ????  A new and exciting program is being offered by HESSCO through Stanford University.

The My Life My Health workshop is a 6 week program designed and researched by the Stanford University Medical Center. The program helps individuals living with a challenging persistent or chronic health condition. Attendees learn strategies developed and tested by researchers that help you to set and meet personal goals, identify and try out simple techniques to improve your quality of life, improve communication with your doctor, increase your energy levels and more. Research shows that people who attend this program show improvement in exercise, symptom management, improved self-reported general health, less fatigue and more. According to the Stanford University Medical Center research, workshop participants have fewer hospitalizations and less outpatient visits with  their physicians. Contact HESSCO Elder Services for information about the next available workshop at 781-784-4944.

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